HEARING LOSS & TINNITUS STATISTICS
From 2000 to 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled.
Globally the number is up by 44%.
48 million people in America and ~360 million worldwide
1 in 5 teens
1 in 5 adults
3 in 5 of returning military service members
Hearing loss and tinnitus are the top two reported health concerns among service members both active and veterans.
Hearing loss is the 2nd most prevalent health issue globally
The number of people with hearing loss is more than those living with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes combined.
Tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in ears) affects ~10% of Americans on a regular basis
25 million American adults report experiencing tinnitus for five or more continuous minutes in the past year
16 million people seek medical attention for tinnitus
Roughly 90 percent of tinnitus cases occur with an underlying hearing loss
Causes of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
Ototoxic medications (medicine-induced hearing loss)
Viral or bacterial infections
Why is the number of people with hearing loss increasing?
1. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
People are exposed to dangerous noise levels at work or during leisure activities
26 million people in U.S. between ages 20-69 have hearing loss
20% of teens ages 12-19 have reported hearing loss due to loud noise
30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels
2. Age-Related Hearing Loss
The population of people age 65+ is expanding… rapidly
33% of Americans between ages 65-74 and nearly 50% of those 75+ have hearing loss
Hearing loss has been associated with cognitive decline, dementia, depression, hospitalization, and heart disease, among other diseases and conditions
3. Economic Impact Associated With Hearing Loss
Lifetime costs of untreated profound hearing loss can be as much as $1 million per person in the U.S.
Arch Intern Med. Nov 14, 2011. Hearing Loss Prevalence in the United States: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3564588/
JAMA: August 18, 2010. Change in Prevalence of Hearing Loss in US Adolescents:http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=186427
Interview with the executive director of DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence:http://online.qmags.com/HH1012?fs=2&pg=20&mode=2#pg20&mode2
Bulletin of the World Health Organization. May 1, 2014. The global burden of disabling hearing impairment: a call to action:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4007124/
NIDCD Fact Sheet: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/noise.aspx
Administration on Aging. A profile of older Americans: 2010:http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2011/docs/2011profile.pdf
1993 study by the Marion Downs Center
Better Hearing Institute, May 2007
Cognitive decline: Paper: “Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults.” JAMA Internal Medicine, Feb. 25, 2013.
From the chapter “The Epidemiology of Tinnitus” in the book “Tinnitus: Theory and Management” (PMPH USA, 2004).
Article: “Diagnosing Tinnitus.” Hearing Health, Summer 2013.org/diagnosing_tinnitus